Friday, July 20, 2012

>Bycanistes subcylindricus (Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill)

Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill

Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Species:B. subcylindricus
Binomial name
Bycanistes subcylindricus
(Sclater, 1870)
The Black-and-white-casqued HornbillBycanistes subcylindricus, also known as Grey-cheeked Hornbill, is a large, approximately 70 cm long, black and white hornbill. It has an over-sized blackish bill with large casque on top. The female is slightly smaller than the male, and has a significantly smaller casque.
The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill is found in wooded habitats in central and western Africa, ranging from western Kenya to Côte d'Ivoire with an isolated population in north Angola. A monogamous species, pairs nest in suitable tree cavities. The female usually lays up to two eggs. The diet consists mainly of figs, fruits, insects and small animals found in the trees.
Widespread and still locally common, the Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


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